Norman “Norm” LeRoy Randall, 71, Big Lake, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at his home.
Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 16, 4-8:30 p.m., at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello, Minn. Funeral service was Monday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m., at Saron Lutheran Church, 311 Lake St. S., Big Lake, Minn., with one hour of visitation prior to the service at the church. Interment was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Montrose, Minn. following the service.
Norm was born in Eagle Bend, Minn. on Jan. 8, 1941, to Herman and Florence (Gjerstad) Randall. His family moved to Tenstrike, Minn. in the fall of 1941. Norm started school in a one-room school house near his home, and then graduated from Blackduck High School in 1958. After graduation Norm joined the Army and served two years active duty and an additional four years in the Army Reserve.
Norm married Carol in 1971. He was a tree trimmer for several years and started over-the-road truck driving in 1974. Ten years later in 1984, Norm started his own trucking business. Norm and Carol lived in Montrose for 25 years and moved to Big Lake in 1996, where they lived until he passed away. Norm loved over-the-road trucking, fishing, deer hunting, dancing, and playing cards. Norm’s motto was, “You work hard, you play harder, but your bills better be paid.”
Norm is survived by his wife; daughters, Tamara Randall, Big Lake; Theresa Matson, Plymouth; Deborah (Brian) Stumpf, Monticello; DeAnna (Ronnie) Soderquist, Big Lake; Dawn Randall (Mark Larson), Big Lake; sons, Norman LeRoy Randall, Jr., Nickerson, Minn.; and Kirk of Windom, Minn.; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Stanley Randall, Bloomington, Minn.; Kenneth (Dianna) Randall, Oakdale, Minn.; sister Shirley (Robert) Sandbo, Tenstrike.
Norm was preceded in death by his sons, Bryan and David; his parents; and sisters, Dorothy and Donna, as well as two infant sisters.